Sean Longstaff admits he was ‘flattered’ with the interest shown by Manchester United in the summer.
The Newcastle midfielder was one of the central midfielders considered by the club earlier this year, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t sign anyone to replace Ander Herrera following his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
It doesn’t help that Paul Pogba’s future at the club still remains in the air because that could put the manager under pressure to give his midfield an entire clear, which doesn’t actually seem like a bad idea given how poor it has been this season.
Not just Pogba alone, he is still our best outfield player, but the midfield unit as a whole. It’s far from convincing.
It remains to be seen whether or not United will reignite their interest in Longstaff next year.
Longstaff admits he is ‘flattered’ by the rumours so there’s every chance he will be open to a future move.
But he refused to be drawn further on the reports.
“You’re seeing stuff about yourself on the telly and the next day I’m in the gym and I can’t even step on to a box that’s the heigh of my shin, or get up the stairs without grabbing something,” he told The Times.
“It’s not really something for me to comment on. It’s between the clubs.
“I was flattered to get my name mentioned in those conversations, but like my dad says, ‘sport’s got a funny way of dragging you back down to earth.”
Longstaff would be starting games for the Red Devils had he got his move in the summer.
Solskjaer needs to find a fix in his midfield soon and that could see young James Garner, scoring last night for the U23s, get minutes on the pitch.
Fred and Nemanja Matic aren’t exactly hacking it at the moment.